It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Kenneth Hibbert on December 15, 2020 at the age of 91 in Kamloops.
Bill is survived by his sons: Ken (Rhys), Del (Karen), Brett (Anne); his grandchildren: Bonnie, Greg, Alissa (Joelan), Cody (Tyra); and his great-grandchildren: Dawson (son of Alissa & Joelan), Callahan (daughter of Cody & Tyra).
Bill was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Norma; his infant child, Margaret; his parents, Eric & Lillian Hibbert; and his sister, Ruth (Les).
Bill was born in Vancouver on April 3, 1929, and moved to Port Alberni in 1932. He graduated from Alberni and District High School in 1947. Later, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, based in Port Alberni. At the age of 18, Bill obtained his pilots licence, and subsequently purchased his own airplane – a 1942 de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane.
Bill moved to Kamloops in 1950, where he met Norma in 1951. They were married in Kamloops in 1952. They lived in Edmonton and Kelowna briefly, before returning to Kamloops. In the early 1950s, Bill drove a logging truck for Balco Forest Products. And for 39 years, from 1955 to 1994, he worked as a superintendent for Swift Canadian Co Ltd/Gainers.
Bill was an avid stock car racer from 1959 to 1973. He won many races at tracks in the Kamloops region: Harwin, Scheidam, and Tillicum Speedways, as well as at other tracks around BC. Bill was always eager to spend a weekend camping with his family and friends around the race track or in the Tunkwa Lake area near Kamloops. He enjoyed watching sports, and was a devoted fan of the Kamloops Blazers, having attended virtually every home game in the last 30 years.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HeartandStroke.ca) in the memory of Bill Hibbert.
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Décès pour la Ville: Kamloops, Province: Colombie britanique